The producers told the DP's to scale back on the candle budget? They must've been using a TON of candles! LOL
In the past I've owned my fair share of Panasonic equipment (DVX100, HVX200, GH4) and as stated by Paul "All developments are the direct result of end user feedback and customer requests." I wonder who they're referring to? I know for a fact, people (customers definitely included) always make suggestions to Panasonic. Whether it's in regards to what they want on a new camera or additional feature sets on current cameras, etc. They need interns or straight up employees who browse these forums and see what people are saying, and not just about what they want from Panasonic cameras but other manufacturer's too - this way they can be ahead of the curve. Sometimes these manufacturers listen, most of the time they follow merely market trends. Before making a decision on a camera, I went to a few trade shows and practically annoyed the crap out of the Panasonic reps who were trained to drag their heels in answering any questions regarding Panasonic's upcoming 4K solution (this is pre-Varicam 35). They finally release the Varicam 35 and it's an awesome camera, it makes one helluva image- but it's also some insane amount of money, and not to mention, it was released a few years too late. The sole purpose of the Varicam LT (IMHO) is because they cannot charge what they have been for the Varicam 35. I think it gives both an Alexa and Red Dragon a run for their money but, people are not using it because Panasonic was so late stepping to the table with a viable 4K solution. They're listening to marketing trends and seeing what's selling and to whom but they've lost their foothold in the cinema world after having it for such a long time. And they've lost sight of who gave them that foothold and it wasn't those spending $30,000+. And as a result, they needed to make something more affordable.
I was at the DGA event where they announced the Varicam LT and personally, I think the price should come in lower than it's currently listed. I say this because by the time you fully equip the camera to shoot, it becomes a $30,000 solution...
$6,000 View Finder
$4,000 for (2) 256GB P2 cards
@$2,000 for an Anton Bauer Gold Mount battery & charger setup
If they don't want to lower the cost of this, then they should definitely consider a solution that's below $10,000 to compete with other cameras like the Sony FS7 and entry level Red's. Panasonic needs something to launch them back into the game and I believe in order to do so, they need to come in at a lower cost point. While they were fiddling around brainstorming what to do with 4K, the game changed right under their noses. If Panasonic wants to play it smart, they'd put this camera body around the $10,000 range (that would be around $20K-$22K ready to shoot) and sell a ton of them, this would allow them to get some stake in the 4K market. They really could have a handle on things IF they wanted to. Hey Panasonic, a customer has spoken! Just up to y'all to listen :)
Panasonic is "attempting" to blast back into the market but it's more like they're desperately trying to play catch up and they're going about it all wrong. It's not our fault that they held out from getting into the 4K world until 2014. For what this camera does versus its competitors, this camera is overpriced. It should honestly be in the $10,000-$12,000 range.
And if you need your computer to be able to read the card, the card reader is $500.
Can the timer be adjusted, let's say, instead of 5 seconds, you up it to 10 seconds? Or is it dead set on the 5 second mark?
Very good mini-doc. It's done very well and I'm surprised it was shot on an iPhone 6s. Congrats!